House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), joined by Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.), is seeking to get his hands on some of Kavanaugh’s records, as they recently requested from the National Archives and Records Administration documents from 2001 to 2006 that were unavailable during his confirmation hearings, as IJR News reported.
The records requested to the committee are those from when the Supreme Court justice worked in the White House under President George W. Bush.
“The Court’s fidelity to the principles of equal and impartial justice, as well as the public’s faith in the integrity of the judiciary, are foundational to maintaining the rule of law,” the two Democratic lawmakers wrote.
However, their request isn’t sitting well with Collins, as she said on Fox News’ “The Story with Martha MacCallum” show late Thursday, “I think that is absurd.”
She noted that since Kavanaugh’s confirmation, she’s been “watching his decisions, he’s in the mainstream.”
“And for the House Judiciary Committee which plays no role in the confirmation process at all to say that it has the rights to these confidential records is outrageous. And it would’ve never been done if it were the records of President Obama’s staff secretary that they were seeking, that just would not happen.”
Collins was one of the swing-vote senators who voted in support of Kavanaugh — who was hit by decades-old sexual misconduct accusations during his confirmation — for which she received threats as a result. She has since revealed that she does not regret her vote “in the least.”
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The Maine senator isn’t the only one who’s smacked congressional Democrats for their continued digging into Kavanaugh. Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) previously called Nadler’s request “so far outside the scope of judicial ethics, it’s harassment.”
He added, “When are we going to move on from the smear campaigns, and begin working on real, bipartisan solutions to improve the lives of the Americans we were elected to represent?”